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? congratulations. you get the book. appreciate it. that's it for us. situation room with wolf blitzer next. >>> new evidence that the man trying to bomb times square in new york city didn't plan to stop there. this hour, we're learning more about the terror threats then and now including a potential plot to attack high-profile targets in europe. >>> also, the california governor's race gets combustible with new allegations leveled by a former housekeeper to republican candidate meg whitman. stand by for the story and brand new polls on some of the hottest political races in the nation. some will surpriseyou. our investigative correspondent will reveal how she was almost punked. political activist tried to create a fake story and embarrass cnn. wait until you hear and see these very strange details. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room". >>> threatened to be the most serious terror attacks since 9/11. now we're learning that he had over targets as well. a potential terror plot in europe that may have been green lighted by osama bin laden himself. let's bring in homeland security correspon
months ago this week, a top to bottom overhaul of u.s. health care, an overhaul that presidents dating back to teddy roosevelt have contemplated, debated, or attempted. six months ago, it was sign into law by president obama. today as you may have seen live here on cnn, the president talking about provisions of that law that come into force this week. this is the first of that health care bill. it's what the white house calls a patients' bill of rights. he's just about the only democrat who is going to use health and reform in the same sentence because the reason has to do with the calendar. we're 40 days away from the elections where every single house seat and 37 senate seats are up for grabs. voters are split to say the least. 40% of americans favor reform, 56% oppose it. there are some tricks to that poll because the 56% oppose, some oppose because it didn't go far enough. most say it's too liberal, but a sizable chunk says it doesn't go far enough. when we ask which party can handle the issue better, it's a dead heat. all of this forms a backdrop to the president's visit to a fami
, everyone, this tuesday morning. today on "washington journal," we want to get your thoughts on the right u.s. education system, the problems and solutions. president obama yesterday talking about the issue, saying we need to add one month to the school year, citing competitive nest for the united states. also, you have seen it on msnbc, and democratic candidates are talking about the issue as well. so it is your turn this morning to weigh in. what of the problems and solutions? all numbers are on your screen right there. we will get to your calls in just a minute. and remember, you can send us a or an e-mail. let me show you this headline. "new york daily news." let's add a month to the school year. year. the president backs and longer school year. then also the front page of the story, the president saying the d.c. public schools don't add up to private education. that is from the present yesterday as well. then there is a "the washington post" this morning with the headline. democratic candidates blast the gop over education policies, in search of a rallying issue. it looks like candidates
. >>> officials with the rta predict it will cost you more to use public transportation next year. the rta says there will nobody major expansion of chicago's transit system for many years. and fare increases will be necessary to keep existing system running. the red line expansion and metro line improvements are on hold. the state owes the rta $300 million this year. so in an agreement to free spare is to years is void unless funding comes through. >>> mayor daley must submit a new city budget plan next month. tonight he will host the last of three public hearings on that budget. the city faces a deficit of more than $600 million. the mayor plans to take suggestions and questions tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the north grand high school gymnasium that's at 4338 west avenue. >>> the bear's say there is one pro-- the mayor's wife say there is one program that will remain. maggie daley celebrating 20 years of her program after school matters. it helps chicago children by teaching them job skills and introducing them to the arts. as for her husband's decision to retire from city hall, maggie daley says
that city officials were raking in huge salaries. >> the complaint alleges they used the tax dollars collected from the hard-working citizens of bell as their own piggy bank. >> shepard: now the bell, california eight face a judge. and this woman is slated to die tomorrow for organizing two murders. supporters say her sentence is unfair but they are running out of time. tonight, fighting death in virginia. but first from fox this wednesday night, those reports of deep division within the white house about the afghan war. the details come from a book by bob woodward. the man who helped blow open the watergate scandal. now in obama's wars, woodward writes that. so president's top advisors tried to undermine each other as they debated the afghan strategy. the president set a withdrawal plan because he said, quote, i can't lose the whole democratic party. but there is word even the president's special representative for the region didn't believe the war strategy. the "new york times" reports the book quotes richard holbrooke as saying "it can't work." the book's other details of disagre
welcome our viewers watching us around the country on wgn. america. and julian cruze join us with the latest. >> reporter: the two most colorful members of rod blagojevich's legal steam out. sam adam junior and senior are expected to be in federal court tomorrow and formally ask the federal judge to be dropped from the high profile case. the motion details some of the reasons behind the decision. he's out of money and he's entitled to a pair of court appointed attorneys and a parallel. and the ex-governor had a team of 14 lawyers and seven parallels and staff for the first trial. to given the limitations this time around, the adams duo asking to be dropped from the case. and in today's motion they say that they reached their decision in concert with rod blagojevich and other members of his legal team. two other defense attorneys are expected to remain on board. they'll defend the ex-governor against a beefy of corruption charges. rod blagojevich was convicted on one counts of lying to federal investigators, 23 other nay harrisburgtowned flrnt reports that the adam as team wou
in restarting diplomatic relations with the u.s. over the nuclear weapons program. >> i'm optimistic. >> chief of staff rahm emanuel could leave his post next month. that's according to insiders. speculation is he'll run for mayor of chicago now that richard daley will not seek re-election. stay tuned for that. tensions are rising in east jerusalem. the outrage after a palestinian man was shot and killed by an israeli security guard. what effect it will have on the current peace talks is unclear. palestinian leader abbas says he probably won't break off talks with the dispute over the west bank. suspected terrorists nabbed in yemen. government forces launched a major offensive trying to root out a terror cell with 120 militants. officials deny american-born radical cleric is among them. and those are your headlines. >> just look for the guy in the beard and just grab him. that shouldn't be a problem. we have enough photos of himment so yeah, we'll find out what's happening. it's funny we're saying it has nothing to do with him being there. we have a capture and kill on him. it's just coinciden
permits. i'd now like to introduce our head table guests from your right. jeff, u.s. senate press gallery. jean from yahoo! news. lisa, "tribune newspaper's" "l.a. times." al, "the hill." andrew snyder, chairman of the speaker's committee, associate editor, kip linger washington editors. deborah, senior vice president, haguer sharp, and speaker's committee member who organized today's event. shawn, member of the press club board of governors. jonathan, bloomberg and former n.p.c. president. and a member from bergen records. [applause] today we are a little over a month away from elections that will likely bring changes in washington. poll after poll shows that voters are not happy. there's plenty of evidence that shows incurveents are unhappy. the economy is still struggling. the senate seems unable to move forward with major legislation as gridlock sets in final days before elections. it's not pretty. it's probably not a great time to be in charge of winning elections all over the country. or is it? our speakers today are two of the men who are in charge of leading their party's efforts
. thanks for joining us. >> apparently i stole an irish phrase when i said top of the morning. >> how dare she steal top of the morning? i should give you the rights to say that. thank you, you have the right to say it. >> i should come up with a swedish phrase. >> for today call me patio furniture. that will be my nickname. >> how do we say fox news alert in irish? we have to begin with the headlines and fox news alert. u.s. and iraqi forces confirming that four suspected terrorists escaped from a prison in baghdad. all four men with ties to al-qaida were facing the death penalty. uh-oh! they're being held in the u.s.-controlled portion of tar kwu e prison, only one still under u.s. military control look at this video out of texas. those are cars peeking out of the floodwater. the remnants of tropical storm hermine, hermine, ok, being blamed for two deaths, unfortunately, there and forcing more than 100 high water rescues and some great video out of oklahoma where at least three tornadoes were reported. power lines knocked down because of the heavy winds and the rain there. four people a
other, next block, it's still sad that it is -- that we have so much anger in us that we feel the only thing we can do is kill. >> reporter: daryl jackson is now busy with funeral arrangements and tells me the somber occasion will be more than a final farewell to detenten you. he wants the funeral to be a forum to inspire more people to fight violence and settle disputes peacefully. two bowen students are in custody. charges are pending. live at area 2 police headquarters, nancy loo, wgn news. >>> a teenager charged with shooting to death a cps student will face a bond judge today. 18-year-old is accused of killing daryl dj mckinney. this shooting happened in humboldt park on august 28. police say thompson opened fire on a rival gang member but two bullets ended up hitting mckinney in the chest. mckinney would have been a sophomore at orr academy high school. >> and police are looking for the suspect responsible for the death of an oak park man. 41-year-old pedro was found dead in his garage yesterday with trauma to the head. officials say the victim was on his way to work when he was
department. tell us what you think. would you like to see jody weis stay on as the top cop after daley leaves office? text yes or no to 97999 or go to >>> george ryan wants to ask a judge to let him out of prison early. not only are his lawyers challenging his conviction, but they're pleading that ryan's wife is terminally ill. the 76-year-old laura lynn ryan isn't expected to live more than a few years. she was in court attached to an oxygen tank with her son. dan webb says the so-called honest services law curtailed by the supreme court this summer should nullify some of the convictions. >> george ryan subpoena now in prison serving time for something that the united states supreme court said is not a crime. >> we argued he breached his duties but also that he was bought and paid for. i believe the ryan trial meets the higher burdens. >> all sides in the ryan case will be back in court on november 1. >>> burning upheaval of the florida pastor's plans to burn the muslim holy book. he planned to torch the koran on saturday. today he buckled under intense pressure. now he says he's
offered to buy a u.s. senate seat while apologizing about a relationship he had with a washington, d.c., restaurant hostess. good afternoon. i'm steve sanders. >> and i'm allison payne. we welcome our viewers who are watching us around the country on wgn america. >>> wgn's julian crews is live outside the congressman's southeast side home with more on the fallout. >> reporter: good afternoon. congressman jesse jackson, jr., clearly in no rush to answer reporter's questions. there is no sign of him here at his south shore home. he said to be en route in his washington, d.c., office. yesterday in a written statement, the congressman said that the allegations the smith seat allegations are nothing new. he continues to deny that he offered campaign cash to then governor rod blagojevich. all in exchange for the vacant senate seat. but revelations about a washington, d.c., cigar and martini whoitous are almost overshadowing the other allegations. new photographs surfacing of a part time model. a "sun-times" report says jackson asked a businessman and contributor to pay for two plane ticket
're going to go out and poll. >> reporter: a will the -- lot of polling going on. told us in this studio today that she loves the job she has now but has refused to rule out a run for mayor. >> thank you. >>> 82 years old and a veteran chicago politician is running again. the oldest member of the city council wants an 11th term. he feels his experience is needed because of daley's retire. >> a new mayor is going to need someone like myself to guide him. this is going to be an awesome responsibility. >> the people on this ward are very much ready for a change. they're ready for someone with a vision, determination, someone that's going to be very service-oriented to the people. >> or her. his youthful opponent could be tough to beat. he won his last election by just 700 votes. >>> man accusing of doing everything from assassinating mayor daley painting the water in chicago remains behind bars. sami samir hassoun faced a court today. he requested a psychology evaluation. the attorney reports he is competent to stand trial but things need to be considered. >>> 19-year-old george lash was sh
at that closed door meeting with the president. what have you learned? >> democratic congressional leaders used that strategy session at the white house today to press the president to be more aggressive in helping them campaign in the final weeks before november's elections. i'm told that house speaker nancy pelosi spoke up and said the congressional democrats really want to see him do more of the kind of rally he held in wisconsin this week where he amped up the rhetoric for democratic policies and against republicans especially when it comes to the issue of jobs and the economy. i'm told that in this meeting, the president made clear there would be more campaign events coming, more are already actually on the books beyond the three rallies that have been as publicly in neve metro, pennsylvania, ohio. these sources we talked to insist the tone of the meeting was not hostile. however, democratic congressional leaders did want to hear the promise directly from the president's lips he was going to help them. i can tell you that congressional democratic sources i talked to for some timex pressed
questions from us, insisting reporters are twisting her words. is she right or is she trying to play the victim? also jesse jackson, jr., facing ethics questions of his own. details on that tonight. >>> also, a home invasion that ended in the murder of a mom, her two daughters. the trial is ongoing and today new evidence and insight on an allege the motive. testimony so disturbing the sole survivor had to leave the courtroom. and later sanjay gupta continuing his series on disease detectives. a little girl's life hanging in the balance, so does a mom's. we'll show you how a team of disease detectives are racing to save their lives. >>> we begin with the republican senate candidate dodging questions and a democratic congressman kind of doing the same. first christine o'donnell from delaware continuing to avoid questions. she announced last night she wouldn't be talking to the national media, she did that on a national forum, sarah palin recommended she use, fox news. for days now, our reporter gary tuchman has been examining these old checks ms. o'donnell paid for what appeared to be
channel's mike seidel joins us from myrtle beach in south carolina. man, we're all wet. you're dry, but we're soaking wet. how long is this thing going to stick around on the coast? >> reporter: it's going to be about another day or so before it completely clears the northeast coast, chuck and savannah. down here in north myrtle beach, 117 golf courses and a lot of golfers waiting to get back out after a very rainy period. let me show you some of the pictures from yesterday. wilmington, north carolina, has now set three, four, and five-day rainfall records, even wetter than hurricane floyd. they've had upwards of 21 inches of rain since sunday. so a lot of flash flooding there. we also have a tornado watch now, which covers eastern north carolina, all the way up towards d.c. and baltimore. that includes where you are in d.c., until 1:00 this afternoon. there could be some small tornadoes. but you get a sense of all the flooding from the rainfall. these low-lying areas tend to break pretty quickly. so if you get away from the rain, it goes away. we have what's left of nicole, a lot of tropi
. >> good to see you again. ted turner, thank you and thanks to all of us for joining us today. we're hoping you connect to us on twitter. for my cohost, we do read every single one of the messages you post there or on facebook. join us every weekend. you can also log on 24/7 to have a great weekend. >>> a look at the headlines in the "newsroom." bishop eddie long speaks. he says he'll fight lawsuits saying he coerced young men into having sex. >>> a memoir the defense department doesn't want you to read. it has destroyed thousands of copies. we'll talk to the author of "operation dark heart." >>> and did you have trouble watching nickelodeon yesterday? well, that was the idea. the children's network going dark long enough for you and your kids to go out and play. we'll tell you why. >>> our top story, bishop eddie long is speaking out about the sex scandal that's enveloped his atlanta-n atlanta-area megachurch. today he addressed allegations of sex with young men from the pulpit. he said while he's never professed to be a perfect man, he said he's not the man that's being port
as president obama's chief of staff in the senate. white house correspondent is a savannah guthrie joins us now. what is the key impact by rahm leaving and being replaced by pete rouse? >> reporter: it's a real culture shift at the white house. rahm emanuel is a larger than life figure, somebody well known. this is going to be a real difference in style. piece rouse has been with president obama since back in his senate days. he's in old washington hand, been around forforever. he keeps a lower profile, not one of these guys you'll see out at washington parties. doesn't maintain close relationships with washington reporters. i would use the word a beloved figure inside the white house. he's something of a calm erin influence. i'm told by people who have worked with him over the years that he's somebody who has been very strategic and very smart about recruiting top talents. it's kind of a who's who of names in democratic circles. people he's recruited to work for him and anita dun being one of them. he's somebody who has a lot of xperps. he's probably going to be brought in as an acting chief o
the pressure on as long as we can. the u.s. officials say the threats come from a variety of sources. bill: i'm losing count here, how many strikes in the past few weeks, steve. >> reporter: it's hard to count exactly. they don't give us the exact numbers, but there has been some assessment over there, according to the "wall street journal" there have been at least 20 drone strikes so far this month in the tribal regions of pakistan, that's across the border inside pakistan, the highest monthly toelt in the last six years. the necessity was hammered home during a recent congressional hearing on terror. >> today al-qaida and are in pakistan is at one of its weakest points, i would stress that the group has time and time again proven its resill lens and remains a very capable and determined area. >> reporter: the cia doesn't confirm or talk about the strikes, it is no secret it takes place. they say when conditions allow us to act in strict accord with the law we do. that's the bottom line. bill: a good reminder this war is far from over. we've seen the highest number of attacks by drones in pa
. >> hi, i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. progressive values, that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. a few months ago on this broadcast we had a debate on whether president obama would move to the center in light of his falling poll numbers. well, that question has now been answered. mr. obama is not moving to the center. he's moving further left. recently, the term progressive values has been used more and more by the president's allies in the media and on capitol hill. so what exactly are progressive values? well, the overarch is big government. mr. obama firmly believes he can change american society for the better by regulating capitalism and taxation through big government mandates. the president is a true believer. he sees american society as somewhat unjust. that the rich have too much and that working americans don't have a level playing field. so the president is committed to changing that system and he doesn't seem to care whether his policies are popular or not. now, whether you agree or disagree with the president, you have to admire
for november 1st and november 3rd. >> thanks a lot. >>> guilty and headed to prison after providing a gun used to murder a depaul student. gave the gun to a fellow gang membership who was kicked out of a halloween party last year only to return and kill velancia. he didn't know the gun would be used in murder. the valencia family happy to see him go. >>> margaret matthews being comforted today. she is the one who shot a 12- year-old neighbor after they threw bricks at her house then at her. the incident happened yesterday afternoon. the boys have been terrorizing matthews for nearly a year. her stepson says he was defending herself. >> she shot a gun not intentionally to hurt anybody or take anyone's life. it was just out of fear of her trying to protect herself from this ongoing harassment. >> no charges being filed against ms. matthews. neighbors are helping repair her broken windows. >>> chicago plans on holding its first police entrance exam in four years because of the shortage. the experience requirements should be eliminated, one says. call telling the chicago sun times he wants to do a
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